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American Motorcyclist Association announces 2019 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series schedule

Season kicks off April 6-7 in Nevada

The 2019 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series schedule features two new venues to start the season.

2019 American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned Grand National Cross Country Series season gets underway Feb. 23

Electric mountain bike classes added, youth racing program expands

The 2019 season of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, an AMA National Championship, kicks off Feb. 23-24 with the Big Buck GNCC in...

American Motorcyclist Association announces 2019 AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series schedule

Season includes new venue in Plymouth, Ind.

The 2019 AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series schedule features 13 rounds, including the series' first visit to Plymouth, Ind. The...

American Motorcyclist Association announces recipients of 2019 Board of Directors AMA Awards

Malcolm Smith selected for AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Motorcyclist Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 AMA Board of Directors awards. The six award categories...

Qualifying for 2019 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, kicks off Saturday

Arizona event first of 68 Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships

The race to Loretta's kicks off this weekend at Arizona Cycle Park with amateur motocross riders competing in the first of 68 events to determine...

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AMA Press Releases

American Motorcyclist Association objects to EPA increase in federal ethanol mandates

Agency announces 630 million gallons of additional ethanol for nation's 2019 fuel supply

AMA Press Release

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association objects to the announcement today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has raised the amount of ethanol to be blended into vehicle fuel next year by 630 million gallons.

The 2019 renewable volume obligations announced by the EPA call for 19.92 billion gallons of ethanol to be blended into the nation's vehicle fuel supply in 2019, up from the 19.88 billion gallons proposed in June. The agency required 19.29 billion gallons of ethanol in American fuel during 2018.

All of the proposed increase is in advanced biofuels—ethanol made from non-food sources—and ethanol from cellulosic biofuels, while the amount of ethanol derived mainly from corn remains flat at 15 billion gallons.

"By forcing more ethanol into our fuel supply, year after year, the EPA is increasing the risk for motorcycle owners, all-terrain vehicle riders and others whose vehicles are not equipped to use fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. "Higher ethanol mandates, coupled with proposals to sell E15 fuel year-round, will begin to push ethanol-free and E10 fuel out of the marketplace, much in the way E10 has marginalized E0, the fuel required for older and vintage machines."

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in use are approved by the EPA to use fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume.

Studies show that most consumers shop for fuel by price, rather than ethanol content. And blends container larger amounts of ethanol by volume typically cost less at the pump than E0 or E10.

It is illegal to use fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol in motorcycles and ATVs, and ethanol can damage fuel systems and engine components and may void a manufacturer's warranty.

The AMA recommends using the fuel specified in the vehicle owner's manual and urges riders to be extra cautious when selecting fuel at the pump.

The AMA also supports the passage of legislation to reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard to better reflect the needs of motorcyclists and to protect their access to safe fuel.

Industry Press Releases

BRP buys some Alta Motors assets

Move is part of BRP pursuit of alternate energies

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Safer Motorcycling Research Consortium announced

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